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The Center on Business and Poverty, in cooperation with students and a wonderful professor at Vanderbilt University, have invested a great deal of time and effort to create an

Fighting Neglected Diseases

Imagine you are in a business course and are given the following scenario: Your marketing department has found an opportunity for your business. It has identified a clear problem that, with research, time and heavy investment your company can solve. This solution comes with the caveat that you will be creating a product for a

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What can be done to convince pharmaceutical firms to lower prescription drug prices?

When the news broke that Martin Shkreli, now the former CEO at Turing Pharmaceuticals, decided to increase the price of the life-saving drug, Daraprim, from $1,130 to $63,000, it made headlines all over the world. A price increase of more than 5,000 percent is probably not justified by high research and marketing costs. More likely

Maternal mortality rates rising in US, stunting global maternal health progress

The overall global maternal mortality rate (MMR) may be dropping, but the decline is slowed in part by a surprising rise in rates in the developed world. In the United States, the rate of mothers dying from complications in pregnancy and birth is increasing. The rate seems inconsistent with modern medical and technological advances. Maternal

Birthing Centers in the Philippines: Saving One Mother at a Time

According to a 2015 World Health Organization report, a mother dies from pregnancy-related complications every 104 seconds. Each time a mother dies, her baby — and even some of her other children — often die as well.

Of the 830 daily global maternal estimated deaths in 2015, 550 or so happened in sub-Saharan Africa, 180 in

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The influence of generic drug production on developing countries

Due to the difficulty in accessing drugs from brand-name pharmaceutical companies, most patients in developing nations are heavily relying on less-expensive generic drugs.

One inhibiting issue is that of patenting and intellectual property protection. The World Trade Organization’s law stipulates that patents should last for 20 years from the registration date. This presumably will provide the

Time Is Running Out – – for Marketplace Coverage

Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace ends January 31 for 2016 coverage. A growing number of people shop for their health insurance coverage during the last months of the year using the Health Insurance Marketplace or a state-based insurance exchange. Unfortunately, many of the people who are eligible for financial assistance through the Affordable

Aiding the Last Mile — A Good Bet on Health for Africa

“We as people are not defined by the crises that strike our lives; we are defined by how we respond to them.”

The message above is one thought that Raj Panjabi, CEO of Last Mile Health, finds universal. Last Mile Health has sought to bridge the gap between health facilities and remote communities by bringing critical

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Rebuilding West Africa After Ebola

A natural disaster like a deadly epidemic inflicts tremendous loss of life but does not damage roads, buildings, or the countries material infrastructure. What it does damage is the social infrastructure like government, the economy and businesses. The good news is that those institutions can be revived and even strengthened despite the loss of human

Taking the Hospital to the Patient

When you think of a hospital, what images come to mind? For most, the image of a hospital includes a spacious building with rooms full of complex equipment, beds and medical personnel. While common in the developed world, these familiar sights are largely unseen in the developing world, especially outside of large cities.

Unfortunately, this lack of medical infrastructure is not


Who Cares About Malaria?

In 2010, malaria killed almost a million people worldwide and still infects about 350 million a year. These are large figures for a disease that is both curable and preventable.

Malaria is one of humanity’s biggest killers, ranking among the five most dreadful illnesses ever experienced, killing more than 150 million in the 20th century, and an

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Ebola, Math and Next Steps

Ebola has been in the news. But much of the news has not offered background information about the disease.

The world may be facing the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Oct. 15, there have been 8,376 cases and 4,024 people have died. These figures are


Stock Prices of Pharmaceutical Companies Working to Address Ebola

In the race for a cure for one of the world’s deadliest epidemics, it may sound insensitive to raise the issue of share prices. But at the heart of this crisis is a story of potential corporate winners and losers as each tries to address Ebola.

Ebola was first discovered in 1976. Despite all the progress

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Fighting Increasing Healthcare Costs with Reverse Innovation

When you think of the word innovation, what comes to mind? For those in the US and other developed nations, innovation is usually thought of in the context of expensive technology. In the past two decades, high-tech gadgets have changed the way the world views transportation, healthcare, entertainment, and communication. These innovations usually debut at an incredibly high price, touting new


Making Toilets ‘Cool’ Needs to be Major Health Priority in India

For hundreds of millions of people in rural India, living life without a toilet used to be quite common. However, thanks to the Indian government’s toilet building program, millions of people now have regular access to toilets for the first time. Although this sounds like a tremendous success, there’s still one more thing to be


Solar Ear Helps Those with Hearing Losses at Minimal Cost

Globally, approximately 325 million people suffer from some degree of hearing loss. Experts estimate that helping these people comes to a lifetime cost of around $300,000 per person. The cost to society includes more than just dollar cost: it includes the potential isolating impact on entire lives. This isolation can limit professional and educational opportunities

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